Lāna‘i Twins Among 35 Accepted into US Service Academies

May 30, 2018, 10:58 AM HST · Updated May 30, 10:58 AM
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Jasmine left Keona right. Family photo, courtesy.

Twins, Keona Conroy-Humphrey and Jasmine Conroy-Humphrey of Lānaʻi are among an elite list of 35 individuals from Hawaiʻi who have been accepted into US service academies.

The sisters were born on Dec. 15, 2000 to Kevin Humphrey and Beth Conroy-Humphrey and graduated this past weekend with the Lānaʻi High School class of 2018.

According to Beth Conroy-Humphrey, the twins were in the 6th grade when they began to take online classes at BYU while also completing their regular coursework on Lānaʻi.

Jasmine left Keona right. Family photo.

The sisters were honored with the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award, during their 10th grade year for a GIS software project which helped geolocate fire hydrants in emergency situations.  Keona and Jasmine spent their spring break and the funds they received from their DKI award to attend the 2018 Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington DC.

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Last year, the summer between grades 11 and 12, they applied to all four service academy summer programs and were accepted.  As they venture off to post-secondary school, both were accepted into the US Military Academy.

“We are excited for them to leave this wonderful community to one day return home to Lānaʻi,” said Beth Conroy-Humphrey in an op-ed to Maui Now.

In addition to the 35 Hawaiʻi high school students and prior enlisted military members that have been accepted into US service academies, an additional 10 have been appointed to the US service academy preparatory schools.

The sister team of Jasmine and Keona Conroy-Humphrey from Lānaʻi High School express their gratitude after their Lānaʻi Fire Hydrant Collection project was awarded 1st place winner of the 2016 Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award. Photo by: Casey Nishikawa

That list includes: Camryn Ban of Maui High School (2018) who was accepted to the US Naval Academy Preparatory School; and Shaina Uyechi of King Kekaulike High School (2018) who was accepted to the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School.

Students and their parents were recognized at a reception hosted by the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi and MAC member Booz Allen Hamilton on May 29, 2018 at the Plaza Club.

“We are honored to be able to host this reception every year for these individuals and their families.,” said Dennis Gibson, senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton in a press release announcement. “Thousands of students apply to these prestigious military academies with strong academic achievements and outstanding character with the commitment to serve the nation. We want to wish this diverse group that come from both public and private schools across the state, the best of luck in their success and thank them for their commitment to serve our country.”

Student honorees as well as Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (far left), Dennis Gibson, senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton and MAC member, David Carey, MAC chair (far right). PC: Military Affairs Council

The following is a complete list of individuals that were accepted into the academies and preparatory schools:

US Military Academy

  • Travis Afuso (Mililani High School 2018)
  • Caleb Burnett (Damien Memorial School 2017)
  • Jasmine Conroy-Humphrey (Lānaʻi High School 2018)
  • Keona Conroy-Humphrey (Lānaʻi High School 2018)
  • Nicholas Isenhower (Phillips (MA) 2018)
  • Jordan Jones (St. Andrew’s Priory 2018)
  • Caleb Koyn (Home School 2018)
  • Jack Machorek (Kauaʻi High School 2018)
  • Larissa Tsai (Kapaʻa High School 2018)
  • Sean Michael (Miliani High School 2017)
  • Anessa Ridley (Moanalua High School 2017)

US Naval Academy

  • Andreas Casillas (Radford High School 2017)
  • Katreina Corpuz (Punahou School 2018)
  • Saiaiga Fautanu (ʻIolani School 2017)
  • Miyuu Handa (Kalaheo High School 2018)
  • Loan Mai La (US Navy)
  • Kenneth McKinlay (ʻIolani School 2018)
  • LeGrand Pound (Sacred Hearts Academy 2018)
  • Jacob Savage (Punahou School 2018)
  • Daniel Clum (US Navy)
  • Ragan Leslie (Konawaena High School 2017)

US Air Force Academy

  • Quade Aiu (Kamehameha Schools-Kapālama 2017)
  • Jordan Azume (ʻIolani School 2018)
  • Tanisha Elbourne (Punahou School 2018)
  • Kainoa Gnos (Le Jardin Academy 2017)
  • Felicity Horan (Moanalua High School 2018)
  • Heidi Kwock (Punahou School 2018)
  • Sierra Lyon (Waialua High School 2018)
  • Caroline Pickart (Kalaheo High School 2018)
  • Lawrence Barrett (Konawaena High School 2017)
  • Jack Dillon (Radford High School 2018)
  • Farrel Ekau, Jr. (Kamehameha Schools-Kapālama 2017)
  • Nakoa Pauole (Kamehameha Schools-Kapālama 2017)

US Coast Guard Academy

  • Braven Bolosan-Maeva (Punahou School 2018)
  • Abigail Horan (Moanalua High School 2018)

US Military Academy Preparatory School

  • Saydee Aganus (Kamehameha Schools-Hawaiʻi 2018)
  • Haahulakaleikaimana Crisostomo (Moanalua High School 2018)

US Naval Academy Preparatory School

  • Cheyenne Appleby (US Navy)
  • Camryn Ban (Maui High School 2018)
  • Rachelle Lariba (Kapolei High School 2018)
  • Rose Tracy (US Navy 2018)
  • Trevon Wilkins (US Navy 2018)

US Air Force Academy Preparatory School

  • Robert-Dayle Pescaia (Kamehameha Schools-Kapālama 2018)
  • Shaina Uyechi (King Kekaulike High School 2018)
  • Kiana Whitmore (Kalaheo High School 2018)

In addition to the competitive nature of acceptance into these academies, Members of Congress nominate candidates to the US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy and US Merchant Marine Academy. These institutions prepare college-aged students to become officers of the US armed forces to continue their service to their nation.

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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